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To ask about flags, how to flag, when to flag, how flags work, and explanation why flags are declined.

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When is an answer eligible to be flagged as “not an answer”? What to do?

When I am flagging answers I read This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. This is very ...
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How should my flagging change when I gain the ability to vote to close?

My rep is going to reach 3,000 soon (2,987 at the time of this post), so I should be able to vote to close soon. How should my flagging habits change when I gain this ability? What should I do when ...
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Flagging posts that answer the question with something the OP has already dismissed

Note: This is a follow-up on Is “Y” really a valid answer to “I want X, and tried to do Y, but it doesn't work”? — because I don't think this is sufficiently answered, or at least doesn't seem too ...
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Revoking flags and close votes

I'd like to be able to revoke my own flags and close/reopen votes. Since it can take quite a while for question votes to accumulate, the questions often change in the meantime. The same applies to ...
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Inconsistent Mod response to migrating Excel questions between Stack OverFlow & Super User [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should questions be moved to AskDifferent/AskUbuntu/…? When Excel questions at Super User are clearly vba or vbscript related I then will flag them as belonging to ...
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Was this flag declined correctly?

I flagged this post as Very Low Quality. The flag was declined. Was this flag declined correctly? UPDATE: I changed the flag based on the helpful feedback by moderator Mokubai. In the interest of ...
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Should a very old question asking for software recomendations be flagged?

The question mentioned is five years old, has no votes, and has three answers. Does its age preclude it from being flagged as a software-rec, or should it still be flagged?
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Flag dialog on low-score answers appears faded out

Related Meta Stack Overflow requests The flag pop up on heavily downvoted answers has grey text Flag popup in review is translucent for non-hidden ignored tags Current status When ...
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How should I request for comment cleanup on migrated questions?

Going through the list of recently migrated questions (10k), some of these really need some editing or other moderation. What you see quite often on those questions are comments like: not ...
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What happens to flag weight when 2 users flag the same answer?

What happens if I flag an answer (or question) and another user does it at the same time (before the flag is addressed by a mod)? If it's for a valid reason and the post is deleted (moderated) - the ...
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Old “link-only answers” by a former moderator

When I report answers (new or old) that point to a link instead of answering the question on Super User, they get deleted or edited to reflect our policies. However, I've tried to report this answer, ...
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How exactly are we supposed to treat duplicates of questions that have no upvoted/accepted answers?

I flagged a question as a dupe of another one. Why, when I could simply VTC? Obviously because I'm compelled to do so due to the stupid changes to "close as duplicate" (which predictably have lead to ...
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Is there any particular reason why the flag counter on my moderator election nomination is different from what the flag counter on my profile says?

The flag counter on my moderator nomination states that I have 364 helpful flags (as of the instant this question was posted). However, the counter on my user profile states that I have 535 helpful ...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

I flagged this post for obvious spam link inserted in the end when posted in Charcoal HQ. Check the first version here. After looking at the user's profile and the link in the end, I flagged it as ...
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Is it all right to use the flag option to…? [duplicate]

Is it all right to use the flag option to bring to attention an question that may need to be voted to close because it is off-topic. Example: What is the best stock market website ??
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Should “Not an answer” include off topic answers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is an answer eligible to be flagged as “not an answer”? What to do? This answer turned up flagged as not an answer. I'm not actually certain which way it goes ...
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Better understanding “not an answer” flags

I have flagged this post for not being an answer: Checking NVRAM on BootUp The flag was declined, as "flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer". I am ...
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When should I flag something as “very low quality”?

The answer I am wondering about: Why is windows not able to create a system partition? This answer does not apply to the question asked, and is not very good quality. I flagged it as low quality, and ...
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Unclear flag policy for low-reputation users

I've been notified by a mod at Android Enthusiasts of my abuse of the flag system. I'm sorry, but we're not going to keep converting [your non-answers] to comments for you. Earn 50 rep and you ...
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Trying to understand why attempting to get recommendations on software products is off-topic

I have a question here: https://superuser.com/questions/313573/recommended-time-attendance-time-clock-systems. It was closed and marked as off topic, but isn't the point of this Q&A to discuss ...
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Increasing number of flags

Would it be possible to keep the same formula that gives more flags before 500 and just carry it forward? I don't think that anyone on SU will hit 100 flags (the current ceiling I think). EDIT: See ...
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Question Migrated but my flag was declined [closed]

Today I saw this question and flagged it as Very low quality because as far I know, it doesn't belong here and should be closed or should me migrated. I usually flag a lot of questions as Very low ...
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What is with these invalid flags?

Two of my recent flags were marked as invalid, but I have no idea why. The first one was a duplicate post, only 4 questions below, and was not only closed, but deleted. I flagged it as "Dual post, ...